Highest Wish

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Laying the groundwork powerfully for jazz fusion circa the 2010s, the longtime Santana trumpeter's Highest Wish for his second full-length solo set was to create a socially conscious hybrid of jazz, pop, classic R&B, and deep hip-hop textures -- topped with topical and relevant social commentary passionately expressed by MCs like Casual, "The Grouch", Zumbi (of Zion I), and K-Maxx. The fact that Ortiz engages in such hypnotic, poetic optimism as "I Still Believe" (trading off trumpet and spoken passages by Zumbi spiced with a Martin Luther King, Jr. reading by Linda Tillery) shouldn't surprise those who know his pre-Santana hip-hop/R&B r?sum?. He played trumpet ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Laying the groundwork powerfully for jazz fusion circa the 2010s, the longtime Santana trumpeter's Highest Wish for his second full-length solo set was to create a socially conscious hybrid of jazz, pop, classic R&B, and deep hip-hop textures -- topped with topical and relevant social commentary passionately expressed by MCs like Casual, "The Grouch", Zumbi (of Zion I), and K-Maxx. The fact that Ortiz engages in such hypnotic, poetic optimism as "I Still Believe" (trading off trumpet and spoken passages by Zumbi spiced with a Martin Luther King, Jr. reading by Linda Tillery) shouldn't surprise those who know his pre-Santana hip-hop/R&B résumé. He played trumpet with Souls of Mischief and has recorded with everyone from Tony! Toni! Tone! to En Vogue, Sheila E., TLC, and others. Beyond the social commentary and slick, seductive grooves, the production is loaded with dreamy retro elements that subtly connect past social turmoil and hopes with the present day. The brief opening track "Ha-Ya (Means Life)" sets a hopeful tone with Ortiz's wailing trumpet echoing a female chorus -- all underscored by Mike Aaburg's Wurlitzer piano and organ. Zumbi leads the charge toward the "Highest Wish" of love over war, dueting sweetly with Ortiz's muted trumpet over Mike Clark's Fender Rhodes harmony. That one has a Santana-like guitar line showing up here and there. Another way Ortiz bridges past and present is by doing a booming cover of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson's 1973 call to arms "Winter in America," whose video was featured on mainstream hip-hop websites. The main vocal is taken by Santana vocalist Tony Lindsey, while "The Grouch"'s rap is punctuated by the cry of "No jobs, no justice, no peace." These tracks scratch the surface on a truly groundbreaking set that blends timelessness with up-to-the-minute relevancy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • Label: Left Angle Records
  • UPC: 848928006755
  • Catalog Number: 500
  • Sales rank: 239,950

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ha-Ya (Means Life) (2:30)
  2. 2 We Are What We Are - Casual (4:12)
  3. 3 Highest Wish - Zumbi (3:31)
  4. 4 Since You've Been Gone - Luqman Frank (3:58)
  5. 5 Winter in America - The Grouch (5:34)
  6. 6 In Every Breath - K-Maxx (4:00)
  7. 7 I Still Believe - Zumbi (5:11)
  8. 8 Word Play - Cait La Dee (3:56)
  9. 9 Do Your Thing (4:57)
  10. 10 Ease My Mind - Ken Byars (5:13)
  11. 11 Highest Wish - DJ Sol Rising (3:55)
  12. 12 Don't Make Me Wait - Cait La Dee (4:11)
  13. 13 Full Circle (5:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Ortiz Primary Artist, Organ, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Sampling, Synthesizer Bass, Arp Pro Soloist, Arp 2600, Synthesizer Pads
Linda Tillery Vocals, Spoken Word
Ray Obiedo Guitar
Tony Lindsay Vocals
Karl Perazzo Percussion, Conga
Raul Rekow Conga
John Jubu Smith Guitar
Chester Thompson Organ
Casual Rap
The Grouch Rap
Omega Rae Vocals
Matt Clark fender rhodes
Cait La Dee Vocals
Church Boy Vocals
Andy Vargas Sampling, Synthesizer Bass
Zumbi Rap
Charles Spikes Guitar
K-Maxx Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Rap, Synthesizer Bass, Soloist
Charles Thomas Acoustic Bass
Victor Little Bass
Lloyd Richmond Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Strings, Harpsichord, Sampling, Vibes, Synthesizer Bass, Drum Loop
Anna Karney Guitar
Phoenix Black Drums, Keyboards, Sampling
David Kirk Matthews Piano, fender rhodes, Soloist
Femi Andredes Vocals
DJ Sol Rising scratching, Turntables
Jesus Diaz Bongos, Conga
Luqman Frank Vocals
Lance Striplin Bass
Ken Byars Vocals
Nicholas Hasty Beat Box
Mike Aaburg Organ, Clavinet, Wurlitzer
Technical Credits
Patrice Rushen Composer
Kenyon Hopkins Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Ken Lee Mastering
Bill Ortiz Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Gil Scott-Heron Composer
Michael Brandvold Web Design
Moussa Diallo Composer
Elbernita Clark Composer
Jessica Weber Promoter
Andy Vargas Producer, Engineer, drum programming
C. Scoffern Composer
S. GAINES Composer
K-Maxx Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Jonathan Owens Composer
Lloyd Richmond Composer, Producer, Engineer, Remixing, drum programming
Steve Heithecker Producer
Steffen Franz Promoter
Nicole Balin Publicity
Phoenix Black Producer, Engineer, Remixing, drum programming
Myron Ruffin Promoter
Jerome Forney Marketing
Britt Gerhard Artwork
Ken Byars Composer
Rodney Alijandro Engineer
Mimi Machado-Luces Promoter
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